County volleyball fans will see a couple of new faces on the bench this year.
Otherwise, relatively few head-coaching changes seem imminent for the 1991-1992 high school sports season.
Perhaps the biggest change on the horizon, though, will come in the winter season. Dave Brown, who coached the Westminster High girls varsity basketball team for one season after nearly a decade as junior varsity and freshman coach, will not be back.
Jeff Oeming, the Westminster High athletic director, said Friday that no replacement had been hired.
While Brown's basketball departure had been rumored since the end of last season (he declined to comment about his decision in the spring), Brown also decided not to coach the successful Westminster golf team this year. Brown was not available for comment late last week.
Brown had coached the golf team a total of 14 years. He started in the late 1970s, but the team was disbanded in the early1980s. Money from that program was used to increase extra-duty pay for coaches.
The golf program was restored in the late 1980s, and the team immediately became one of the better ones in the state, finishing several times in the top 10 and once placing as high as third.
Ron Laczkowski, a teacher at the school, was to take over for Brownbut was named assistant principal at the school last week, leaving the Owls without a coach.
Earl Hersh, the county supervisor of physical education and athletics, also said the county-wide golf team -- open to players from the other four county high schools the past three years -- was disbanding because of problems organizing the squad.
"There's money in the budget for any school that wants to field a team," Hersh said.
In volleyball, both Francis Scott Key and Westminster will be getting new head coaches.
Karol Brown returns to Westminster after taking two years off to spend more time with her children. She had coached for two years. In her 10-year career she has coached the sport at every county school except North Carroll.
"I missed it," said the Westminster teacher. "I missed the girls, and I missed the team."
Karol replaces Westminster and Western Maryland College grad Karen Miles Mealy, who recently moved out of the area.
Leo Totten, who had occasionally served as an assistant volleyball coach at Key, takes over for Tom Hill as the head coach. Hill, who also coaches track at Key, has cut back on his coaching load this year.
Hill, in six years as head coach of the Eagles, led Key to four state tournament appearances
Key also will be getting a new head girlssoccer coach as Joe Linthicum, a boys soccer assistant for seven years, takes over from five-year coach Bob Caples, who will concentrate on his baseball duties this year.
Linthicum said he'll emphasize the coaching style of Granville Hibberd, the boys head coach at Key. Linthicum said he's likely to field two midfield lines of nearly equalability.
At Western Maryland College, Tricia Muneses of Baltimorehas been selected to be the head field hockey coach, said Carol Fritz, associate athletic director.
Muneses replaces Susan Sandonato, who guided the Green Terrors to a 6-5-2 record in her only season before relocating to Florida with her family.